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Railway supply industry news round-up

16 Jun 2017

Bombardier is to cut 650 jobs at Villeneuve and Zürich in Switzerland, trade union Unia said on June 8.

Local media report that Siemens is in talks with Iran’s Industrial Development & Renovation Organisation about the joint production of metro rolling stock components. 

Louis Berger and Egis have formed a joint venture to provide project development and delivery services to urban transport and rail operators in North America. ‘The partnership unites Egis’ expertise in guided urban transportation and rail systems, automation, rolling stock, safety and equipment with Louis Berger’s global experience leading civil and structural engineering design and programme and construction management for rail systems around the world’, said Gilduin Blanchard, director for North America at Egis Rail, on June 12.

India’s RITES consultancy business recorded 18% year-on-year increase in income in 2016-17, with a profit of Rs3·3bn on a turnover of Rs15bn. Highlights included the supply of 120 coaches to Bangladesh Railways, and two contracts to supply DLW locomotives and ICF DMUs to Sri Lanka Railways in the coming year. 

GE Ventures has launched Avitas Systems which will use predictive data analytics, robotics and artificial intelligence to provide inspection services for the transport and energy sectors.

UK electrical control company Ilecycs Group is to relocate its Tring and Aston Clinton facilities to a  new factory in Princes Risborough in February 2018. This will allow the compnay ‘to bring together all our manufacturing disciplines under one roof including sheet metal fabrication, welding, milling, turning, machining and the assembly of all types of enclosures including stainless steel so we will be able to increase productivity within an energy efficient, high quality industrial unit’, said Managing Director Grace Tipson.

SNC-Lavalin's Infrastructure division is to open an office in Kingston, Ontario, which will accommodate Rail & Transit Engineering, Construction and Geotechnical Environmental Management teams. 'As well as being a great place to live, Kingston is ideally located to support growing rail and transit projects in Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal’, said Kevin George, Vice-President, Rail & Transit Engineering North America. ‘The new office will open with approximately 10 employees, with further expansion on the horizon. We are pleased that our original plan to occupy space for 20 employees has now doubled.'